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Indian Erotica

Lance Dane (Author) Alka Pande (Author)
Synopsis Rarely has the subject of erotica come under the serious purview of Indian art. Grossly under-represented and misused – as a source of titillation by some; a marketing principle by others – erotica has finally found the focus it deserves with this book. From the earliest terracotta images of the Mother Goddess to tantric diagrams, from palm-leaf paintings to celluloid depictions, from the fine details of miniature paintings to modern art and advertising graffiti, this book covers ground that few have trod. Finding a striking continuity in the motifs used in erotic art, it grounds them in the principles that have shaped brush strokes and line drawings, curvatures and camera focuses down the centuries. The book also studies the currents of globalisation, and the impact of Western art on the modern artist. Varied visuals, some as old as Indian civilization itself, most as sensuous as the topic they cover, chart this ‘voyage’ of rediscovery.
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About the author

Alka Pande

Dr. Alka Pande has specialized in the history of art and in critical art theory. She was Head of the Department of Fine Arts in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her published works include From Mustard Fields to Disco Lights, a book that studied the folk music and performers of Punjab, and Indian Erotica, a serious purview of a genre often trivialized in art studies. Presently an art consultant with India Habitat Centre, Delhi, and curator of their Visual Arts Gallery, Dr. Pande also works as an independent curator and has curated a number of important exhibitions in India and abroad. She was born in Calcutta, but later acquired her academic experience from the universities of London, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. Dr. Pande combines her study of the arts with an interest in music and dance, yoga and cooking. She lives in New Delhi with her husband and daughter.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Erotica
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8174361723
length 160p., Plates; Bibliography.